City governance in crisis: crown, <i>conseil</i> and municipality in the early religious wars, 1559–74

Elizabeth C. Tingle

in Authority and Society in Nantes during the French Wars of Religion, 1559–98

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780719067266
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700860 | DOI:
City governance in crisis: crown, conseil and municipality in the early religious wars, 1559–74

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The authorities in Nantes watched helplessly as France was engulfed in civil war. The outcome of war was not only a new decisiveness by the crown and the city's elites to assert their authority separately, but also in concert, to restore order to religious and secular affairs. The 1560s and early 1570s were a period of new initiatives in crown–city relations, for the more efficient administration of the kingdom, a result of the crisis of the early civil wars. This process of declining confidence, followed by the repositioning of authority within the city of Nantes, is the subject of this chapter. While royal authority was fissured by the military crisis, its administration in Nantes held firm. At the local level, day-to-day order and respect for royal authority were maintained.

Keywords: city governance; governance in crisis; crown; conseil; Nantes; city relations

Chapter.  15991 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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